443 BC - 399 BC

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Hippias of Elis (; Greek: Ἱππίας ὁ Ἠλεῖος; late 5th century BC) was a Greek sophist, and a contemporary of Socrates. With an assurance characteristic of the later sophists, he claimed to be regarded as an authority on all subjects, and lectured on poetry, grammar, history, politics, mathematics, and much else. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hippias has received more than 100,669 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Hippias is the 218th most popular philosopher (down from 213th in 2019), the 114th most popular biography from Greece (down from 110th in 2019) and the 17th most popular Greek Philosopher.

Hippias was a sophist from Elis, Greece. He is most famous for having written a work called "On the Sophists."

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Among philosophers, Hippias ranks 218 out of 1,089Before him are Gabriel Marcel, Miguel de Unamuno, Swami Vivekananda, Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, and Hasan al-Basri. After him are Imre Lakatos, Gaston Bachelard, Diotima of Mantinea, Joseph de Maistre, Paul Feyerabend, and Hippasus.

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Among people born in 443 BC, Hippias ranks 1 Among people deceased in 399 BC, Hippias ranks 2Before him is Socrates. After him are Thrasymachus, Archelaus I of Macedon, and Amyrtaeus.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Hippias ranks 114 out of 855Before him are Perseus of Macedon (-212), Pope Eleutherius (171), Melissus of Samos (-470), Philip V of Macedon (-238), Scopas (-395), and Eleftherios Venizelos (1864). After him are Ictinus (-500), Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Creon (null), Philoctetes (null), Lysias (-445), and Chilon of Sparta (-600).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Hippias ranks 17Before him are Pyrrho (-365), Antisthenes (-445), Leucippus (-500), Isocrates (-436), Clement of Alexandria (150), and Melissus of Samos (-470). After him are Diotima of Mantinea (-450), Chilon of Sparta (-600), Epimenides (-690), Cratylus (-500), Apollodorus of Athens (-180), and Speusippus (-407).